The oh so charming Miss Debbie Kay has been touring all summer with her boyfriend Stuart Zender, who I consider to be one of the best bassist players ever who made a name for himself as the bassist for famed band Jamiroquai. Stuart's work with the band can be heard on the first three albums, ‘Emergency on Planet Earth’, ‘The Return of the Space Cowboy’ and ‘Traveling Without Moving’. Although he left the group in 1998, his groovy style continues to capture the attention of many musicians. On tour Stuart has been performing live with Mark Ronson. He is currently working on a solo album and a collaboration album, in which he is going to write / produce with friends such as Sean Lennon, Alex Greenwald, Tiggers, Omar, Calvin Harris etc. He's also currently in advanced negotiations with Warwick guitars to do a Stuart Zender signature bass. They're gonna make a super high end one in Germany, then mass produce a cheaper version in Shanghai that will have all the same features as the high-end one yet will be more affordable. Highlights of the music festivals you have been touring this summer? The bus journeys with the band traveling from one festival to the next, the blue disinfectant in the portaloos, mud, my hunter boots, all access wrist bands (woo hoo!), and watching all the other amazing bands perform.
Tell us about your Glastonbury experience: I'd never been and didn't want to deal with the thought of camping /slumming it out in the mud /squatting behind a soggy bush each time I wanted to pee and felt I had missed the boat by not having gone in my college days. So imagine how excited I was to not only go for my first time but go on tour. Nothing prepared me for the sheer wave of energy that hits you when you walk on stage and look out into the crowd into a never ending sea of faces! I think there must have been over 40,000 people there that day. It was the biggest adrenaline rush ever. I can't describe the feeling. Friends who have been to Glastonbury before all said that when you're watching the gig from the ground, usually you're so far back, you can barely see anything. I was actually on stage with arguably the biggest act in the UK at the moment. It was such a privilege and a moment I will never forget for the rest of my life.
Favorite Act We arrived at Glastonbury at 3pm, and suddenly, out of the blue, Stuart and Mark decided to join Daniel Merriweather for a short acoustic jam session in the Orange tent! It was so spontaneous, and in a cozy venue.
The influence Glastonbury has in the fashion world?
A friend of mine who works for Purple, a fashion PR agency, gave Alexa Chung a £700 Belstaff jacket to wear during Glastonbury. The next day, there was a long waiting list for the jacket! Fashionistas definitely check out Glastonbury fashion. Hunter boots are a staple... I went shopping for them and they were literally sold out everywhere. I also really liked Mark Ronson's striped suite and hat (he wore it to a wedding the day before and I suspect he just never took the suite off).
I like Radiohead. Keane. Prince. George Clinton. Ella Fitzgerald. Herbie Hancock. Chopin, And obviously Stuart Zender. We were having dinner at Nobu one night and sitting in the corner was Madonna and Gwynnie. They were later joined by Chris Martin. Lily, ( Stuart's daughter with Mel Blatt) was dying to meet Gwyneth and we were encouraging her to go say hi but she was shy, so Stuart took her over and introduced himself and her to them. Madonna was a right moody cow and ignored them altogether but Chris Martin jumped out of his seat and shook his hand vigorously saying that he is the best bassist on this planet. That night, Lily and Stuart both had big smiles on their faces and as far as I'm concerned he is THE BEST BASS PLAYER ON THIS PLANET!